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evening, brian. despite those calls from the highest levels of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 koran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: -- says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails from around the world flooded the church's in-box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church's door. the dove world outreach center sits outside a cow pasture in rural gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pas
those calls from the highest levels of the u.s. government the pastor says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11 he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith and wesson .30 caliber. >> reporter: says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails flooded the church's in box. messages like, swear by god i will slay the church pastor in front of the church door. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pastor jones admits he's never read the koran but takes no responsibility if burning it leads to an attack on a u.s. soldier. >> of course we would feel terrible. we are not responsible for that. w
prevented the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is raised from beneath the gulf. now investigators can finally get an up close look at why it failed. >>> hitting the trail, with congressional democrats facing tough challenges in the upcoming mid term elections they've called on t white house for reinforcements. it's not the president they're asking for. >>> and the heiress, a half billion dollar fortune, a reclusive elderly woman who hasn't been seen out in public for decades and questions about what's happening to all that money. today, sunday, september 5th, money. today, sunday, september 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. we didn't just skirt hurricane earl here in new york city. it has been one of the most beautiful weekends we've had to date. >> yeah. in our case the storm mustered in good weather. >> great weather. >> we should have that nonstorm -- storm m
of those attacks failed. but from al qaeda's perspective, they were successful. they tied up the u.s. security services, they cost a great deal of money. and al qaeda decided we got a lot of bang for a failed attack. let's keep them going. that's what has people concerned. >> we keep calling the new normal, keeps changing all the time. richard engel, thanks as always. >>> now to what was a breaking domestic story late today. a terrible bus crash in maryland. at least one person was killed when a charter bus carrying children and their parents fell 45 feet off a sky ramp on the d.c. beltway. it landed along a stretch of interstate 270, backed up traffic 15 miles and we're told that won't be cleared for hours. state police say rescue crews had to cut free four people who were trapped inside the bus. some of the survivors we're told tonight have sadly life-threatening injuries. >>> much of the east coast is under a serious flood watch tonight, and take a look at why. it's a weather system that stretches between two major cities very far apart. miami, all the way north to new york, as if
can least afford it. get california working again-for all of us. >>> on the broadcast tonight. ready for change but what kind? in our new poll just weeks from the election, what americans say they want. >>> what he said about his the election, what americans say they want. >>> what he said about his christian faith. the president takes a direct question today from a voter. >>> what happened? did americans in uniform lose control and kill innocent civilians? a dramatic story unfolding on camera. >>> and back in business after a heartbreaking disaster, a national treasure is, again, making music. >>> also tonight, what's being described as the moon mission for a new generation. "the nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. there is important news in what we're about to show you because it may be evidence of a trend afoot right now. we are at this hour debuting a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll. while there is some good news here for the democrats who may be worried about a blood bath, sweeping losses at the upcoming mid-term elec
in michael bloomberg. but only from a legal standpoint. >> the u.s. constitution says you have a right to do that. period. end of story. the government can't stop you from burning a book. i said i thought it was distasteful, disrespectful and outraged, that it jeopardizes this country and our troops but the constitution protects it. >> reporter: not even the white house has been able to convince zwroenz drop his plans, to burn copies of the koran this saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11. >> as of this time, we have no intention of canceling. >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful disgraceful act. that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: even gainesville city officials are looking for a way to stop it but so far, no luck. nbc news. >>> today vatican also condemned the plan to burn the koran. general david petraeus is warning against burning the koran. he is commander of u.s. and nato forces of afghanistan. he said if the koran burning does take place, images of the event will be used by extremist in afghanistan and a
correspondent, chuck todd, here with us to start us off. >> good evening. we'll start with the number everybody asks about five weeks before the election and that is, this generic ballot question. who's up? who's down? what do you prefer? last month, it was a nine-point advantage for the republican now, the lead has shrunk to six. the mood of the electorate hadn't changed. theyant change. they don't like the direction of the country and democrats ar starting to engage african-americans and hispanics. as peter ht, our pollster put it, democrats can change the turnout but not the landape. but what is the change voters want? what is this change th want? listen to this, 75% say the result they'd like to see is reduced special interest influence. 70% want to elect political outsiders, even if they are inexperienced, whether we're talking about christine o'donnell from delaware or other folks like that. 54% hope the tea party enthusiasm in the republican party makes them a fiscay conservative party. 54% want to see the repeal of health care, but what's interesting. they care about these things more t
in there. he was looking for us. once he discovered we were gone, i guess he went the other way and i thought i'd lost him. but fortunately i seen him pop up on the back of the street on the other side, we came up two opposite streets, so -- >> let's make the point, everybody in your home got out safely, and that's very good news. tell me about this house, though. this was your parents' house. i know that you grew up there and moved back in after your mom passed away. >> yes. >> had just remodelled it? >> right. >> what was it like to see it in flames? >> heart-wrenching. it really was. it was hard to watch. but the main thing is my intermediate family got out. the other things can be rebuilt and other things can be, you know, replaced, but you can't replace family members. >> where are you going to go from here, bob? where are you going to stay? >> oh, i got wonderful friends, wonderful friends that have offered homes for me to stay in, cars to drive. a friend of mine, bert, offered me a house to stay in and gave me a truck if i need it. we're staying with some wonderful friends, dav
holt. the two of us are sitting here together, it means one thing, it's a monday holiday. we're laboring away. matt and meredith will be back tomorrow. always good to be with you. >> the "b" team. no, we're the "a" team. >> b-plus. anyway, this time last week, of course, we were watching tropical storm and then hurricane earl made a real close pass to the east coast and now we're looking back in the gulf there is a new storm to worry about today. >> that's right. it's tropical storm hermine which formed in the gulf of mexico overnight. it's the eighth named storm of the season. tropical storm warnings have been posted already for northern mexico and south texas, which could get hit with severe flash flooding. we're going to get the very latest on the track of the storm in just a moment. >>> then, it has happened again. another woman has had acid thrown in her face, the second time in less than a week. this time the attack occurred in arizona. once again, it was another woman who did it. was it a topee cat attack? we'll ask an expert coming up. >> unbelievable. >>> plus an nbc
treasury secretary told us to boost the economy by smoking and having more cigarettes? and drinking booze. yeah. it's one that some of our finer counterpoints recommend. good point, right? i'm thomas roberts live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. we hope you're enjing your labor day. we are here at work and keeping a watchful eye on a storm in the gulf. hermine formed overnight causing potential issues for the texas coast. meteorologist scott williams joins us now live to talk about this. what are we seeing and as the storm is forming, i mean, really barrelling toward texas. >> yeah. certainly right, thomas. we are watching this storm system getting the act together right now. tropical storm hermine packing winds at 45 miles per hour but the water temperatures are still warm and the conditions are favorable for some further intensification. right now, we are tracking warm water temperatures. you can see it in the mid-80s here in the gulf of mexico. the western gulf, the storm moving to the north at 10 miles per hour. you can see making a beeline toward northeast mexico and southe
to keep them away from the eastern u.s., but bermuda will probably be in the sites of igor and most likely julia won't affect anything. we can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. we'll have more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. thanks, al. >>> let's check some of the morning's other top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. good morning, ann. >> good morning, everybody. in the news over the weekend indications that the on again, off again iran release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. on sunday the judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held for more than a year. we're following developments this morning. where do things stand? >> reporter: good morning, ann. right now sarah shourd is still in custody. her lawyer says they are waiting for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then he expects she will be released. now, under the conditions of bail, she is allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of espionage is going forward. along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offi
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now sarah shourd is still in custody. her lawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she will be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of espionage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. officials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleas
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led by the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans haveied this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the cause of this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situation like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a taliban spokesman claiming respon
% say the country is head in the wrong direction. 32% say the u.s. is on the right track. with that in mind, 46% of likely voters believe the republicans should control congress compared to 43% in favor of democrats. that's within the margin of error and represents a smaller gap than last month when republicans held a nine-point advantage over democrats. this is what they want. 75% want a reduction in special interest influence. 70% want to elect outsiders. 54% want to bring more conservatism to the republican party and 54% want to see repeal of the health care reform. 42% of those say tea party is good for politics. when it comes to the president's job performance, 49% now disapprove of the work he's doing. 46% approve. that number has held fairly steady. more americans have positive feelings toward former president bill clinton than president obama. an amazing number. sarah palin has a favorability rating of 30%, higher than nancy pelosi who rated 22%. with polls showing that young voters likely will not turn out this november, president obama is hoping to fire up the d
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